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    I recently wrote about gathering user profile data for Exchange Server 2003 and 2007 by using the Exchange Server Profile Analyzer tool.  As a re-cap the EPA tool uses WebDAV to interrogate the mailboxes and generates user profile data, including.. messages sent per mailbox per day messages received...
  • Blog Post: ServerManager Depreciated?

      ServerManagerCmd is deprecated in R2 (we are trying to move away from that model although it still works) See   (The new command is now Add-WindowsFeature) Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Free Powershell eBook

    ‘Effective PowerShell: The Free eBook’ from Keith Hill available on Keith Hills’ blog here . Definitely worth a look…...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Cmdlet Extension Agents

    This is one of those blogs that it’s worth absorbing.. Using Cmdlet Extension Agents to cause automatic events to occur in Exchange 2010 - life just got simpler! by Pat Richard . Cmdlet Extension Agents are something that will be very new to most Exchange administrators but is something that could make...
  • Blog Post: Combined HT and CAS

    Take a look at the new guidance for combing HT and CAS and you can install both roles by running /mode:install /role:H,C (nice and easy) Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Updated : Exchange version powershell script

    Further to my blog post on April 30th , I have updated the powershell script to output in a more usable manner and also detect more information about your exchange servers… ServerName TransportVer CASver StoreVer SERVER1 08.01.0336.000 08.01.0336.000 Not Installed SERVER2 08.01.0336.000 08.01.0336.000...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Q&A

    Hi   please Join me at this event to talk about Exchange 2010, you can register here
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Service Accounts–How do I stop DIRSYNC from breaking every 90 days…

    So, this is something I wanted to blog about a few months ago but it got pushed to the bottom of the list of things to do (As usual!).  Anyway… during the early adopter testing of the Office 365 service we had a number of customers who had deployed what was termed “Exchange Rich Coexistence” or...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Hybrid Deployment / Exchange Rich Coexistence – Sharing Availability (Free/Busy)

    I have been working with a number of customers and consultants recently who have been keen to explain to me just how difficult they are finding the configuration of Exchange Rich Coexistence or Hybrid Deployment as its now known with Office 365, and to be fair I agree, its definitely not as simple as...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP1 /Hosting

    This is the process i followed to installed Exchange 2010 SP1 in hosting mode 1. Run the following command: setup /prepareschema /hosting 2. Run setup /prepareAD /organizationName:EXCHANGE /hosting 3. To install individual server roles run:-   a. Run setup /mode:install /roles:HT /hosting /InstallWindowsComponent...